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UMR 1332 Biologie du Fruit et Pathologie


Nathalie Gonzalez
Research scientist

CV :

  • Diplomas :
    2015: HDR (accreditation to direct research).
    2005: PhD from Bordeaux University.
  • Carreer path :
    On the first of September 2016, I joined the OrFE team as an “INRA- CR1 Blanc”. During the past 10 years, I worked as a post-doctoral fellow, then as a project leader in the team “System biology of Yield” headed by Prof. Dirk Inzé in the “Plant system Biology” in Ghent, Belgium. During this period, I was involved in several projects aiming at understanding the molecular networks regulating leaf growth in the model plant Arabidopsis.
    I now want to transfer the gained expertise to the Tomato fruit model that I already studied during my PhD in the UMR1332 Biology of fruit and pathology.


Tel : (33) 5 57 12 25 26

Email :


The main objective of my research consists in increasing our understanding of the molecular regulation of fruit growth and especially of the role of endoreduplication in cell size control by combining multidisciplinary approaches including transcriptomics, chromatin organization cytology, and forward and reverse genetics.


PUBLICATIONS (Last four years):

For the complete list of publications, follow this link:

Dong H, Dumenil J, Lu FH, Na L, Vanhaeren H, Naumann C, Klecker M, Prior R, Smith C, McKenzie N, Saalbach G, Chen L, Xia T, Gonzalez N, Seguela M, Inze D, Dissmeyer N, Li Y, Bevan MW. (2017) Ubiquitylation activates a peptidase that promotes cleavage and destabilization of its activating E3 ligases and diverse growth regulatory proteins to limit cell proliferation in Arabidopsis. Genes Dev.  doi: 10.1101/gad.292235.116.

Vanhaeren H, Nam YJ, De Milde L, Chae E, Storme V, Weigel D, Gonzalez N, Inzé D. (2017) Forever Young: The Role of Ubiquitin Receptor DA1 and E3 Ligase BIG BROTHER in Controlling Leaf Growth and Development. Plant Physiol. 2017 Feb;173(2):1269-1282.

Nam YJ, Herman D, Blomme J, Chae E, Kojima M, Coppens F, Storme V, Van Daele T, Dhondt S, Sakakibara H, Weigel D, Inzé D, Gonzalez N. (2017) Natural Variation of Molecular and Morphological Gibberellin Responses. Plant Physiol. 2017 Jan;173(1):703-714.

Boruc J, Weimer AK, Stoppin-Mellet V, Mylle E, Kosetsu K, Cedeño C, Jaquinod M, Njo M, De Milde L, Tompa P, Gonzalez N, Inzé D, Beeckman T, Vantard M, Van Damme D. (2017) Phosphorylation of MAP65-1 by Arabidopsis Aurora Kinases Is Required for Efficient Cell Cycle Progression.Plant Physiol. 173(1):582-599.

Van Dingenen J, Blomme J, Gonzalez N, Inzé D. (2016) Plants grow with a little help from their organelle friends. J Exp Bot. 67(22):6267-6281.

Clauw P, Coppens F, Korte A, Herman D, Slabbinck B, Dhondt S, Van Daele T, De Milde L, Vermeersch M, Maleux K, Maere S, Gonzalez N, Inzé D. (2016) Leaf Growth Response to Mild Drought: Natural Variation in Arabidopsis Sheds Light on Trait Architecture. Plant Cell. 28(10):2417-2434.

Van Leene J, Blomme J, Kulkarni SR, Cannoot B, De Winne N, Eeckhout D, Persiau G, Van De Slijke E, Vercruysse L, Vanden Bossche R, Heyndrickx KS, Vanneste S, Goossens A, Gevaert K, Vandepoele K, Gonzalez N, Inzé D, De Jaeger G. Functional characterization of the Arabidopsis transcription factor bZIP29 reveals its role in leaf and root development. J Exp Bot. 67(19):5825-5840.

Nelissen H, Gonzalez N, Inzé D. (2016) Leaf growth in dicots and monocots: so different yet so alike. Curr Opin Plant Biol. 23;33:72-76.

Van Dingenen J, De Milde L, Vermeersch M, Maleux K, De Rycke R, De Bruyne M, Storme V, Gonzalez N, Dhondt S, Inzé D. (2016) Chloroplasts Are Central Players in Sugar-Induced Leaf Growth. Plant Physiol. 171(1):590-605.

Wang Z, Li N, Jiang S, Gonzalez N, Huang X, Wang Y, Inzé D, Li Y. (2016) SCF(SAP) controls organ size by targeting PPD proteins for degradation in Arabidopsis thaliana. Nat Commun. 7:11192.

Vanhaeren H, Inzé D, Gonzalez N.(2016) Plant Growth Beyond Limits. Trends Plant Sci. 21(2):102-9

Brasil JN, Cabral LM, Eloy NB, Primo LM, Barroso-Neto IL, Grangeiro LP, Gonzalez N, Inzé D, Ferreira PC, Hemerly AS. (2015) AIP1 is a novel Agenet/Tudor domain protein from Arabidopsis that interacts with regulators of DNA replication, transcription and chromatin remodeling. BMC Plant Biol. 15:270.

Gonzalez N, Pauwels L, Baekelandt A, De Milde L, Van Leene J, Besbrugge N, Heyndrickx KS, Cuéllar Pérez A, Durand AN, De Clercq R, Van De Slijke E, Vanden Bossche R, Eeckhout D, Gevaert K, Vandepoele K, De Jaeger G, Goossens A, Inzé D. (2015) A Repressor Protein Complex Regulates Leaf Growth in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell. 27(8):2273-87.

Vanhaeren H, Gonzalez N, Inzé D. (2015) A Journey Through a Leaf: Phenomics Analysis of Leaf Growth in Arabidopsis thaliana. Arabidopsis Book. 13:e0181.

Clauw P, Coppens F, De Beuf K, Dhondt S, Van Daele T, Maleux K, Storme V, Clement L, Gonzalez N, Inze D. (2015) Leaf Responses to Mild Drought Stress in Natural Variants of Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Physiol. 67(3):800-16.

Vercruyssen L, Tognetti VB, Gonzalez N, Van Dingenen J, De Milde L, Bielach A, De Rycke R, Van Breusegem F, Inze D. (2015) GROWTH REGULATING FACTOR 5 Stimulates Arabidopsis Chloroplast Division, Photosynthesis, and Leaf Longevity. Plant Physiol. 67(3):817-32.

Dhondt S, Gonzalez N, Blomme J, De Milde L, Van Daele T, Van Akoleyen D, Storme V, Coppens F, Beemster G, Inzé D. (2014) High resolution time-resolved imaging of in vitro Arabidopsis rosette growth. Plant J. 80(1):172-84.

Vanhaeren H., Gonzalez N., Coppens F., De Milde L., Van Daele T., Vermeersch M., Eloy N.B., Storme V., Inzé D. (2014) Combining growth-promoting genes leads to positive epistasis in Arabidopsis thaliana. Elife. 3:e02252.

Vercruyssen L, Verkest A, Gonzalez N, Heyndrickx K.S, Eeckhout D, Han S.K., Jégu T, Archacki R, Van Leene J, Andriankaja M, De Bodt S, Abeel T, Coppens F, Dhondt S, De Milde L, Vermeersch M, Maleux K, Gevaert K, Jerzmanowski A, Benhamed M, Wagner D, Vandepoele K, De Jaeger G, Inzé D (2014) ANGUSTIFOLIA3 binds to SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling complexes to regulate transcription during Arabidopsis leaf development. Plant Cell. 26(1):210-29.

Fasano R, Gonzalez N, Tosco A, Dal Piaz F, Docimo T, Serrano R, Grillo S, Leone A, Inzé D. (2014) Role of Arabidopsis UV RESISTANCE LOCUS 8 in plant growth reduction under osmotic stress and low levels of UV-B. Mol Plant. 7(5):773-91.

Blomme J, Inzé D, Gonzalez N (2014) The cell-cycle interactome: a source of growth regulators? J Exp Bot. 65(10):2715-30.


Twitter : @nathy_go_7

Research ID : S-8658-2016